Housing estate plan is opposed by councillors

Cotswold Journal: Housing estate plan is opposed by councillors Housing estate plan is opposed by councillors

EVESHAM councillors have objected to a new housing estate, saying it would “bring nothing to the town”.

Members voted to oppose plans for 126 new homes in Hampton, saying there were numerous problems with the development, including flooding.

If the plans were to get the goahead from the district council, developers BFP Developments LLP would build the new houses on land south of Pershore Road, next to the river Isbourne.

Councillor Robert Raphael said: “This development brings nothing to the town at all.

Everything about it is contrary to everything the town stands for. The greatest opposition I have is the flood risk.”

Although not at the meeting, Coun Andrew Dyke submitted a response urging his fellow council members to vote against the plans.

It said: “The application is situated in the strategic gap. It is important this gap is maintained and building of any kind is not allowed.”

His view was supported by the rest of the councillors.

Deputy mayor Coun Charlie Homer said: “Most of the residents and everybody who travels around there are totally against it. One of the things that really concerns me is they are talking about putting a road in coming out on to Pershore Road.

That will become a rat run.”

Coun Gerry O’Donnell added: “I would like to impress from my perspective the traffic situation.

The access and egress in particular has not been thought about. The traffic, the strategic gap and the flooding are all important.”

The council also asked for the support of MP Peter Luff, who wrote to Wychavon District Council’s planning department associating himself with local opposition. He to highlighted the same problems of over-development, flooding and prejudice to the green corridor.

The consultation period for the application ends tomorrow (Friday), after which the plans will be considered by Wychavon District Council.

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